Seoul Covered in Record Snowfall

Record snowfall hit Seoul and central Korea on Monday, the first work day of New Year, causing traffic congestion and paralyzing parts of the city. It was the highest snowfall since the country's modern meteorological observations started in 1937.

The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said 25.8 cm of snow was recorded in Seoul as of 2 p.m. Monday. The previous record had been 25.6 cm in January 1969. A weatherman said more snow will fall in Gangwon Province and the northern part of Gyeonggi Province by Tuesday morning as a large mass of snow clouds moves east.

Gimpo Airport kept all airplanes grounded for the first time in nine years. A total of 25 flights were grounded at Incheon International Airport, with 152 flights delayed and three returning to the airport.

KMA lifted the heavy snow warning for Seoul, Incheon and Gyeonggi Province at 3 p.m. that day, but commuters were expected to suffer severe traffic congestion on Tuesday morning given continuing sub-zero temperature.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 05, 2010 09:00 KST